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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manuscripts

Photographs

Artifacts: T-Shirts

Oversized Materials

Audio Visual Materials

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Gayla Klemett:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1985-1993, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Klemett, Gayla
Title: Gayla Klemett Papers,
Dates: 1985-1993
Abstract: The Gayla Klemett papers illuminate the history of the Main Street Saloon, a live music venue in Lubbock, Texas.
Collection # CR 0096
Quantity: 2 boxes and 2 oversize folders (2.5 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

In 1972, when Lubbock “voted wet” to allow liquor by the drink in bars and restaurants, a trio of Texas Tech law students, including eventual university chancellor Kent Hance, opened a juke joint called Fat Dawgs near the campus. That success enticed the fraternity brothers John Kenyon and Bruce Jaggers in 1973 to open the nearby Main Street Saloon, which they positioned for live music as well as alcohol. Their monthly rent was $175. In 1978, as Hance entered the race for the Congressional district seat and handed George W. Bush his only electoral loss, the two bought Fat Dawgs as well. They sold both ventures within the year.

Gayla Klemett later managed Main Street Saloon as it became one of the primary West Texas venues for contemporary popular music, particularly in the metal, hair, rock and punk genres but also acoustic folk and blues. Both national acts and locals like Joe Ely, Jesse Taylor, John Sprott, Eddie Beethoven, Cary Swinney, Human, Squarehead, The Nelsons and Ponty Bone played there. D. G. Flewellyn and the drummer Johnny Ray hosted open-microphone events.

Ken “Keno” Ramage eventually purchased the bar and operated it through 1998. He settled a court case for keeping false records by surrendering the liquor license and paying back taxes for 1990 and 1991. The Main Street Saloon space eventually was subsumed into the back room at Bash Riprocks, where it remains a showcase for musical talent, though without its notorious topless mural.

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Scope and Content

Gayla Klemett's papers include promotional materials, booking calendars, band and event posters as well as demo cassettes for musical groups that toured to or were based in Lubbock at the end of the 20th century. Photographs and artwork have been removed from original albums and sleeved for acid-free preservation. The collection is in fair condition with some water and staple damage and is part of the Crossroads of Music Archive.

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Organization

The Gayla Klemett papers are organized by the following series:

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department in advance to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Please contact the Reference Librarian at least 10 days in advance to make viewing arrangements.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (People)
Jaggers, Bruce.
Kenyon, John.
Klemett, Gayla.
Sprott, Gayla.
Subjects (Organizations)
Main Street Saloon (Lubbock, Tex.)
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Subjects
Alternative country music.
Folk music.
Performing arts and literature.
Rock music.
Songwriters.
20th century rock and roll.

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:
  • Mark Murray oral history interview [sound recording], September 18, 2009
  • Jesse “Guitar” Taylor oral history interviews [sound recordings abstracts], December 12, 2005

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gayla Klemett Papers, 1985-1993, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2014-0151-A

Gifts, 2014 and 2018

Processing Information

Processed by: Jon Holmes, 2014

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Collection Inventory

Manuscripts

Band Promotional Packs
box folder
1 1 Acid Face, 1992
2 Agitators, 1989
3 Air Biscuit (Explicit material, adults only), undated
4 Bazooka Joe, undated
5 Boheims, 1988
6 Burnt-Out Brothers, undated
7 Chainsaw Kittens, 1990
8 Chris Duarte, undated
9 Coffin Break, 1991
10 Corrupted Morals, 1989
11 Dead Horse, 1992
12 Dead Milkmen, 1991
13 Dennis Ross and the Axberg Brothers, 1988
14 Dissent, 1989
15 Elvis Hitler, 1990
16 Envoye Express, undated
17 Fat Tuesday, 1992
18 Gay Bikers on Acid, 1990
19 Generals, 1988
20 Giant Sand, 1989
21 Gruntruck, undated
22 Hardsoul Poets, 1991
23 Horace Pinker, undated
24 House of Large Sizes (HoLS), 1992
25 Hullabaloo, 1988
26 Humans, 1992
27 Irie Jane, 1992
28 Jesus Lizard, undated
29 Just Say No, 1991
30 Junk Monkeys, 1991
31 Kansas City Street Band, 1988
32 Joe Kelley, 1991
33 Laughing Hyenas, 1988
34 Leigh Cates, 1992
35 Liar's Dice, 1989
36 Likeables, undated
37 Living End, 1989
38 Lost, 1991
39 Magnolias, 1992
40 Mule, undated
41 My 3 Sons, 1989
42 Nuclear Assault, undated
43 Offspring, 1989
44 Paint, 1992
45 Picket Line Coyotes, 1991
46 Plaid Retina, 1989
47 Randy Crouch and Flying Horse, undated
48 Reverend Horton Heat, 1989
49 Rhythm Pigs, undated
50 Scatterbrains, 1990
51 Scrawl, 1988
52 Shyboy, undated
53 Skeleton Crew, undated
54 Southern Star, undated
55 Sprague Brothers, 1989
56 Spunk, 1992
57 Stand, The, 1988
58 Stevie Stiletto, 1990
59 Strangers B. C., 1991
60 Success, 1990
61 Tabula Rasa, 1989
62 27 Devils Joking, 1988
63 Uptown Bones, 1991
64 Watchtower, undated
65 Wild Stares, 1988
66 Working Mothers, undated
67 Correspondence and Contracts, 1989-1992
68 Newspaper Clippings and Periodicals, 1985-1993
69 Main Street Saloon flyers, undated
70 Notes, Poems, Autographs, Bag Your Face button, 1985-1993 and undated

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Photographs

box folder
1 71 Photo album, undated
72 Loose photos (includes The Nelsons glamor shot), undated

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Artifacts: T-Shirts

box item
3 1 Coffin Break / Crawl (size tag removed), undated
2 God / Bullies (size tag removed), undated
3 House of Large Sizes (size L), undated
4 Hysteric Narcotics (size L), 1988
5 The Magnolias / The Hook (size tag removed), undated
6 Nice Strong Arm (size L), undated
7 On Broadway (size tag removed), undated
8 Starvation Army (size tag removed), undated
9 Texas BelAirs Reunion at Mi Taco Village (size L autographed), November 26, 2010
10 Uptown Bones (size XL), undated
11 Watch Tower / Resistance 1989 (size tag removed), 1989
12 The Willees (size tag removed), undated
13 Cardiac Mac and The EKG's (size tag removed), undated
14 Dick Jiveass Jam Party (size tag removed),, undated
15 Envoye Express (size L), undated
16 Envoye Express (size L), undated
17 Hickoids (size tag removed), undated
18 Loco Gringos (size XL), undated
19 Muerte de Main Street Saloon (size tag removed), undated
20 The Nelsons (size XL), undated
21 Rhythm Pigs (size tag removed), 1988
22 Sons of Fun (size L hand-painted by Don Dikes aka Eddie Beethoven), 1988
23 Sons of Fun (size XL hand-painted by Don Dikes AKA Eddie Beethoven), 1988
24 Special Forces (size XL), undated
25 Squat Thrust (size tag removed), undated
26 Todd Holly Jam (size tag removed), undated
27 Tragic Machine (size tag removed), undated

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Oversized Materials

Calendars, 1988, 1989, 1991
Posters
item
1 Abandoned, undated
item
2 Desolation Angels, undated
item
3 Hard Soul Poets, undated
item
4 Hollow Heyday, undated
item
5 Hullabaloo, undated
item
6 Joe Ely “Tour of Texas”, undated
item
7 Kitchen Club: Zipperhead, undated
item
8 Kitchen Club: Tragic Machine and Snufalupagus, undated
item
9 Leigh Cates, undated
item
10 Main Street Saloon [MSS]: Buzztones, undated
item
11 MSS: Christmas Buzz Down, undated
item
12 MSS: Dead Horse, Mortifix and REO Speed Dealer, undated
item
13 MSS: Ed Hall, undated
item
14 MSS: Los Tornados (1), undated
item
15 MSS: Los Tornados (2), undated
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16 MSS: Los Tornados (3), undated
item
17 MSS: Lubbock Pollution for American Red Cross Somalia Relief, undated
item
18 MSS: Soul Nite, undated
item
19 MSS: The Ver-Man with Tragic Machine, undated
item
20 MSS: 20 Years of Live Rock and Roll, undated
item
21 On Broadway: D. G. Flewellyn Acoustic Showcase, undated
item
22 On Broadway: The Nelsons, undated
item
23 Rough House, undated
item
24 Sprague Brothers (autographed), undated
item
25 The Stand, undated
item
26 John Sprott and a very small acoustic guitar (11 x 14 in. black on crème), undated
item
27 John Sprott's Texas Blues Butchers (8.5 x 11 in. black and blue on white), undated
item
28 KTXT 88.1 Benefit for the "Native Noise" Texas Music Specialty Show (8.5 x 14 in. black on yellow), undated
item
29 Zipperhead (11 x 17 in. black on crème), undated

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Audio Visual Materials

Audio Cassette Tapes
box item
2 1 Lawrence Banks: Stick It to You, 1990
2 “Beggar's Ride Demo”, undated
3 The Buck Pets: The Buck Pets (Island 91049-4), 1989
4 Leigh Cates: “Piece of Mind”, “Gethigh Getdown”, “Live Without”, “Up and Down”, 1992
5 Cowboy Junkies: Whites Of Earth Now (RCA 2380-4-R), 1990
6 Dissent: “Epitome of Democracy” (copy tape), undated
7 Chris Duarte: 3 cuts demo, undated
8 Gravity Works: “A Word from Our Sponsor”, “Slack Vampire”, “Dry Spell”, undated
9 Horace Pinker: Big Ugly (#32 of 100), 1991
10 House of Large Sizes: Meat Miser) (Toxic Shock TXC-21), 1989
11 Irie Jane: Steppin' Out (Shakey Bean), 1992
12 “Jacket Walker” demo: “To My People”, “Horizon of Decline”, undated
13 Kansas City Street Band demo (Glemmer Music Productions), undated
14 Kansas City Street Band copy tape, undated
15 “Joe Kelley European Demo”, undated
16 The Living End: Road Shock (Ossum Possum), 1989
17 Lords of Love demo: “The Difference”, “Gotta Have It”, undated
18 My 3 Sons demo (Leemings and Harris), undated
19 Picket Line Coyotes: We Shall Annex the Sudetenland (Kevin Russell), 1990
20 Red Beans Guys demo: “Do You Remember Me?”, “I'm Bored” (Truedagoo), undated
21 Rhythm Pigs demo: “Do You Remember Me?”, “I'm Bored” (Truedagoo), undated
22 Ron Riley demo #2 with John Sprott: “Long Hot Texas Summer” (master), 1990
23 Shyboy, Live!, 1991
24 Sick N' Tired demo: “Detroit Summer”, “Sense of Humor”, “Nice Try”, “Personality”, 1991
25 Skeleton Crew live demo (Odessa, Texas), undated
26 Bobby Sledge demo: “Do You Remember Me?”, “I'm Bored” (Truedagoo), undated
27 Bobby Sledge / Paint demo: “Pool Party”, “Trinity”, “Float”, undated
28 The Sprague Brothers: Real Gone Rock and Roll (Third Millenium), 1990
29 John [Sprott] demo: “Eating Out Is Fun” (4-track), undated
30 John [Sprott] demo: “Something Weird” (copy 1 of 2), undated
31 John [Sprott] demo: “Something Weird” (copy 2 of 2), undated
32 Stevie Stiletto demo: “Hardcore Cafe”, “Garbage Pail Girls”, “I'm a Pig”, “Bonehead Bop”, undated
33 Strangers: B. C. (Tadco promotional), 1990
34 Success demo: “Raised on Rock”, “Downtown Dance”, “Walk Away”, “Fine Line”, 1992
35 Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers: Rumble (CBS promotional), 1988
36 Too Much Joy: Cereal Killers (Giant 9 24410-4 promotional), 1991
37 Liar's Dice: "Lady of the Night", "Think About Love", "Legs", "Vehicle", "Like a Roller", 1988
38 The Offspring: Demo, undated
39 The Stand: "Nuclear Waist", "Graduation Day", "All the Wrong Reasons", "If You See Kay", 1988
40 The Stand: "Horizons", "Miss September", "Top of the World", "James Brown", 1992
41 Les Walker: Demo, 1990
42 Street Walker: "She's a Good Girl", "One World One People", "PMS", "Street Walker", 1991
43 Street Walker: "A Little Texas Soul", 1991
44 Street Walker: "DreamScape", 1992
box item
3 1 Two Piece Snaq: Two Piece Snaq), undated
2 The Ver-Men demo: “Rue the Day”, undated
3 Zendik Tribe Band: truth (Zendik Soundz), 1994
45rpm records
box item
3 1 Living End: A: “I Am the City” / B: “Insanity” (Ossum Possum 8910030CDB promotional) (copy 1 of 2), 1989
2 Living End: A: “I Am the City” / B: “Insanity” (Ossum Possum 8910030CDB promotional) (copy 2 of 2), 1989
3 Straw Dogs: A: “Man in the High Tower” / B: “Do or Die” (Gawdawful Records), 1989
4 Zipperhead: A: “18 to Purchase”, “Johnny Is the Devil” / B: “Hey Kid, Don't Play with that Bomb”, “Boring Song” (Squids R Us Squid01 Broadway Studios Lubbock), 1992
33-1/3rpm LP records
box item
3 1 Just Say No: “Pitbulls on Crack” / “Cartoon Castle”; “The Ballad of Frank Cox” (Go Ahead Records 7-inch EP), 1990
2 Hysterical Narcotics: Batteries Not Included! (RaffScallion HN-01), 1986
3 Liar's Dice: Liar's Dice (Liar's Dice), 1988
4 Lost: Cut Out the Heart (Takeover), 1990
5 Scrawl: Scrawl (Rough Trade US 51), 1988
6 The Stand: The Stand (Carlyle / Pak'er CR-33881), 1988
7 27 Devils Joking: Slonger (Livewire LW-16 Santa Fe, New Mexico), 1988
7 Chris Duarte and the Bad Boys: "Tropic Joy", "Judy", Opus 12", 1987
7 Johnny James: Slonger (Livewire LW-16 Santa Fe, New Mexico), 1980
Compact Disc (Audio)
box item
3 1 The Magnolias: Off the Hook (Alias A024-D), 1992
2 Uptown Bones: E (Black and Noir BNCD05/D700), 1990

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